Pierre Bonnard was the leader of a group of Post-Impressionist painters who called themselves the Nabis, from the Hebrew word meaning ‘prophet’. Influenced by Odilon Redon and Puvis de Chavannes, as well as by popular imagery and Japanese etchings, this Post-Impressionist group was, above all, a close circle of friends who shared the same cultural background and interests. Bonnard, Vuillard, Roussel, and Denis were the most distinguished of the Nabis, but an increasing individualism in their art often threatened the group’s unity, and although tied together by a common philosophy, their work clearly diverged. This publication lets us compare and put into perspective the artists within this fascinating group.
Albert Kostenevitch is a history of art graduate from Irkutsk State University in Russia and is attached to the Hermitage of St Petersburg. He is one of the great specialists on the Fauves and the Nabis.
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